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International Development

FSI researchers consider international development from a variety of angles. They analyze ideas such as how public action and good governance are cornerstones of economic prosperity in Mexico and how investments in high school education will improve China’s economy.

They are looking at novel technological interventions to improve rural livelihoods, like the development implications of solar power-generated crop growing in Northern Benin.

FSI academics also assess which political processes yield better access to public services, particularly in developing countries. With a focus on health care, researchers have studied the political incentives to embrace UNICEF’s child survival efforts and how a well-run anti-alcohol policy in Russia affected mortality rates.

FSI’s work on international development also includes training the next generation of leaders through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program.

Recent News

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Stanford course provides opportunity for students to see textbook methods in action

October 2015

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and Office of International Affairs (OIA) launched a pilot collaboration last year to provide a rigorous, immersive teaching and...

Solar lighting and charging research receives FSI funding

February 2012

PESD's new research on "Solar Lighting and Phone Charging in East Africa: Understanding Adoption, Business Models, and Development Outcomes" was awarded funding from the Freeman Spogli Institute’s...

PESD study assesses cookstove business models in India

September 2011

A PESD study just released in Energy Policy found that stove businesses are challenging but feasible with deep financial backing and managerial acumen.

Morse panelist at the 2011 Silicon Valley Energy Summit

June 2011

Richard Morse addresses key uncertainties remaining in the implementation of cap and trade in California, speaking to leaders from business, policy, and academia in California.

PESD Researcher Gang He Selected as Aspen Environment Forum Scholar

May 2011

Gang He joins others at the Aspen Environment Forum 2011 May 30 - June 2, 2011, in Aspen, Colorado.

Wolak's climate op-ed featured in the UK Guardian

February 2011

PESD Director Frank Wolak explain how the unknown price tag of carbon and uncertainty of US National climate policy are impeding on investments for oil substitutes.

PESD receives $100K in research funding from EPRI

January 2011

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) awarded $100K to fund PESD's research project on "Transmission Planning to Support Renewable Energy at Scale and Enhance Wholesale Electricity...

PESD receives smart grid research grant from Stanford's TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy

November 2010

The TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy has awarded four research grants totaling $1.2 million to Stanford University researchers for smart power grid related studies.

New PESD Working Paper details challenges of designing carbon offsets for the transportation sector

September 2010

Programs to enlist developing countries in climate change mitigation by granting credits for carbon emissions reductions across entire sectors like transportation are quite appealing in principle....

PESD releases study of Nigeria's national oil company NNPC

September 2010

Nigeria's national oil company NNPC is at the center of a profoundly dysfunctional oil sector in a country that some argue embodies the "resource curse." In a new study, PESD Associate Director...

Wolak presented at the Guanghua Leadership Institute's City Leader Program

September 2010

PESD Director Frank Wolak was invited to present at the Guanghua Leadership Institute's City Leader Program held at Stanford.

Join us at our "Climate Policy Instruments in the Real World" conference

June 2010

On September 7, 2010, the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development in collaboration with the Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School hosted an all-day...

PESD Director Frank Wolak delivers keynote at Agrion Business Network for Energy Event

June 2010

PESD Director Frank Wolak delivered his presentation on "Symmetric Treatment of Load and Generation: A Necessary Condition for Demand Response to Benefit Wholesale Market Efficiency and Manage...

PESD invited to World Bank meeting on CDM reform

May 2010

Researcher Richard K. Morse attended a World Bank consultation focusing on finding solutions to problems in the global carbon market (CDM).

PESD releases new Working Paper on the controversy over carbon offsets from Chinese wind power

March 2010

In a new Working Paper titled "Making Carbon Offsets Work in the Developing World: Lessons from the Chinese Wind Controversy," PESD researchers Gang He and Richard K.

PESD researchers Mark Thurber and Xander Slaski embarked on a recent trip to India

December 2009

Mark Thurber and Xander Slaski are traveling to India to learn more about the potential for commercial cookstove ventures.

PESD Researchers in Copenhagen for the United Nation's Climate Change Conference

December 2009

Richard Morse and Gang He will be present during the first week of the international climate negotiations at the UN’s COP 15.

PESD research fellow Varun Rai is featured in the Harvard International Review

November 2009

In a new article in the Fall 2009 issue of the Harvard International Review PESD research fellow Varun Rai discusses the critical elements of effective international carbon offsets markets.

Burton Richter in Roll Call: US climate bill needs more support for energy R&D

August 2009

PESD affiliated faculty Burton Richter argues in Roll Call that the climate bill passed by the US House of Representatives misses the mark on several fronts, especially in its inadequate funding...

Frank Wolak, an expert in energy and environmental economics, named director of FSI's Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD)

April 2009

Frank Wolak, Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in the Department of Economics and FSI Senior Fellow, is the new director of FSI's innovative Program on Energy and Sustainable...

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Mark C. Thurber Associate Director for Research
Ognen Stojanovski Research Scholar
Sriniketh Nagavarapu Visiting Scholar
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